The expertise, experience and creativity of the Company’s executive leadership team helps the company build on a legacy of forward thinking. Our leadership team includes:
Patrick J. Ottensmeyer
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ottensmeyer was elected as KCS' president and chief executive officer, effective July 1, 2016. From April 2015 to June 2016, he served as president of KCS. From October 2008 through March 2015, he served as KCS' executive vice president sales and marketing. He joined KCS in May 2006 as executive vice president and chief financial officer and served in that role until October 2008.
Warren K. Erdman
Executive Vice President Administration & Corporate Affairs
Erdman has served in his current role since 2010. He has led the company’s corporate affairs since 1997 and gained administration responsibilities in 2010.
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Hancock has served in his current role since 2015.
Jeffrey M. Songer
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Songer has served in his current role since 2016. He joined the company’s engineering department in 2007, and has held a variety of leadership roles within operations.
Michael W. Upchurch
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Upchurch has served in his current role since 2008. He joined the company as senior vice president purchasing and financial management and was promoted to his current position later that year.
Michael J. Naatz
Senior Vice President Operations Support & Chief Information Officer
Naatz has served in his current role since 2014. He joined the company in 2012 as senior vice president and chief information officer.
Lora S. Cheatum
Senior Vice President Human Resources
Cheatum has served in her current role since 2014.
Suzanne M Grafton
Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer
Grafton has served in her current role since July 2017. She joined the company in 2007 and has served in a variety of finance and accounting leadership roles.
Mary K. Stadler
Senior Vice President, Accounting
Stadler has served in her current role since July 2017. She joined the company in 2009 as senior vice president and chief accounting officer and served in that role until her retirement as the Company’s chief accounting officer, effective July 24, 2017. To facilitate transition of her responsibilities, she will remain an employee with the Company until January 2018.
William J. Wochner
Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
Wochner has served in his current role since 2007. He joined the company in 1981 and has served in a variety of legal and commercial leadership roles.
Jose Guillermo Zozaya Delano
KCSM President, General Manager and Executive Representative